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A trained worker who is not a member of a given profession but assists a professional.
Of or performing the work of a paraprofessional.
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designating a person who is not fully qualified in a profession, but who helps qualified professionals with their work
a paraprofessional person
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(ˌpær ə prəˈfɛʃ ə nl)

1. a person trained to assist a doctor, lawyer, teacher, or other professional.
2. of or pertaining to paraprofessionals.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.paraprofessional - a trained worker who is not a member of a profession but who assists a professional
assistant, helper, help, supporter - a person who contributes to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose; "my invaluable assistant"; "they hired additional help to finish the work"
legal assistant, paralegal - a person with specialized training who assists lawyers
paramedic, paramedical - a person trained to assist medical professionals and to give emergency medical treatment
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He said the district decided to stop providing the accommodation of a paraprofessional to help him with his duties and tasks such as eating and drinking, and it placed him on administrative leave with pay.
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S4T, through its Source4Teachers and MissionOne divisions, is a provider of outsourced substitute teacher and paraprofessional managed services to K-12 schools in the eastern United States.
The content of the scoring guide is based on eight areas that research indicates are important for summer reading camp implementation: teacher effectiveness and qualifications; student selection and enrollment; instructional time; content and instruction; assessment selection and data use; mentoring and/or paraprofessional use; learning environment; and communication with administration, staff, and parents.
One of the strategies for increasing the number of minority teachers is to tap the paraprofessional pool.
In a discussion of paraprofessional caregiver training, for example, the LTC subcommittee said authorities "should require that paraprofessional caregivers receive at least 10 hours of dementia specific training from a reliable source."
Niles-Outler began her career with the Hartford Public Schools as a paraprofessional in 1994.
This book is a starter only--and more for a paraprofessional's work than a professional's.